When it comes to laptops, you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good one. Consumer Reports’ latest tests found several models that cost less than 0 and will serve most people well.
Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for a budget laptop:
Screen size: A laptop with a 14-inch or larger screen will give you more space to work than a smaller model.
Weight: If you plan to carry your laptop with you often, look for a model that weighs 4 pounds or less.
Battery life: Budget laptops typically have shorter battery life than more expensive models. But you can still find some that will last more than 7 hours on a charge.
Ports: Many budget laptops have only basic ports, such as USB 2.0 and HDMI. If you need faster USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt 3 ports, you’ll have to pay more.
Keyboard and touchpad: Make sure the keyboard is comfortable to type on and the touchpad is responsive.
Performance: A budget laptop won’t have the same speed and power as a more expensive model, but it should be able to handle basic tasks such as browsing the web and using Microsoft Office.
Here are some of the best laptops under 0, according to Consumer Reports’ tests:
Asus Chromebook C202SA-YS02
Dell Inspiron 11 3000 2-in-1
Lenovo Flex 11
Acer Aspire E 15
HP Pavilion 15
These laptops all have good performance, long battery life, and a comfortable keyboard and touchpad. They also come with a 1-year warranty.
Laptops Under 500 Consumer Reports Comparison Table
Best Laptops Under 500 Consumer Reports Ratings By Consumer Reports March 2023
Below is the list of best Laptops Under 500 Consumer Reports with a detailed guide that you can consider in your purchase:
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L, Silver
$349.00 in stock
17 used from $226.76
- Aspect Ratio:16:9
- AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual Core Processor (Up to 3.5GHz); 4GB DDR4 Memory; 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD
- 15.6 inches full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED backlit IPS display; AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics
- 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports & 1 HDMI port with HDCP support
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Backlit Keyboard; Up to 7.5 hours battery life
Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-36UT, 15.6" Full HD Display, 11th Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 Processor, 4GB DDR4, 128GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Windows 11 Home (S Mode)
15 used from $226.00
- Powerful Productivity: 11th Generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor delivers unmatched speed and intelligence, enabling impressive creating, productivity, and gaming experiences. With Turbo Boost Technology, get up to 4.1GHz for your high-demand applications
- Visibly Stunning: Experience sharp details and crisp colors on the 15.6" Full HD display with 82.58% screen-to-body, 16:9 aspect ratio and narrow bezels
- Ergonomic Typing: Ergonomically-designed hinge lifts the keyboard for comfortable typing, improved cooling, and a better sound experience
- Internal Specifications: 4GB DDR4 on-board memory (1 slot available); 128GB NVMe solid-state drive storage (1 hard drive bay available) to store your files and media
- Acer's Purified.Voice technology, features enhanced digital signal processing to cancel out background noise, improve speech accuracy and far-field pickup, which not only makes calls clearer, but makes talking to Alexa easier than before.
Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14 Laptop, 14.0" HD Display, Intel Celeron N4020, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage, Intel UHD Graphics 600, Win 10 in S Mode, Ice Blue
$164.99 in stock
10 used from $149.88
- This everyday laptop is powered by an Intel Celeron N4020 processor, 4GB DDR4 RAM, and 64 GB M.2 PCIe SSD storage
- Enjoy videos or browse online on a 14" HD display panel, framed by narrow bezels
- Dolby Audio delivers crystal-clear sound through the built-in dual stereo speakers
- Light and slim, this Windows 10 laptop computer (S mode) weighs just over 3 lbs and is less than 1 inch thick
- WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity; ports include 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 12 (Type-A), microSD Card Reader; HDMI; Microphone / Earphone Combo
The 8 Best Laptops to Buy in 2017 for Under $500
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Dell Latitude E6420 14.1-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 2.5GHz with 3.2G Turbo Frequency, 4G RAM, 128G SSD, Windows 10 Professional 64-bit) (Renewed)
1 used from $159.00
- Windows 10.
- System ram type, ddr3_sdram
- Memory storage capacity, 4.0
- Package Weight, 3.765 kilograms
Newest HP 17 Laptop, 17.3" HD+ Display, 11th Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 Processor, 32GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, Webcam, Bluetooth, HDMI, RJ-45, Windows 11 Home, Silver
1 used from $492.00
- 【Memory & Storage】32GB high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once; 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive allows to fast bootup and data transfer
- 【11th Gen i3 Processor】11th Generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 Dual-Core Processor (2 Cores, 4 Threads, 6MB Intel Smart Cache, Base Frequency at 3.00 GHz, Up to 4.10 Ghz at Maximum Turbo Speed)
- 【Display 】17.3-inch HD+ (1600 x 900) Non-touch Display, Intel UHD Graphics
- 【Tech Specs】2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x SuperSpeed USB 2.0 Type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ-45 Connector, 1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo, 1 x Micro SD Card Reader
- 【Operating System】Windows 11 Home-Beautiful, more consistent new design, Great window layout options, Better multi-monitor functionality, Improved performance features, New videogame selection and capabilities, Compatible with Android Apps
Meta Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 128 GB
9 used from $325.90
- Keep your experience smooth and seamless, even as high speed action unfolds around you with a super-fast processor and high-resolution display.
- Experience total immersion with 3D positional audio, hand tracking and haptic feedback, working together to make virtual worlds feel real.
- Explore an expanding universe of over 350 titles across gaming, fitness, social/multiplayer and entertainment, including exclusive blockbuster releases and totally unique VR experiences.
- Travel universes in blockbuster fantasies, scare yourself witless in horror adventures or collaborate with colleagues in innovative workspaces.
- Come together in incredible social spaces and multiplayer arenas as you take in live events with friends and family, find your new workout crew or join quests with fellow adventurers.
Echo Dot (3rd Gen, 2018 release) - Smart speaker with Alexa - Charcoal
$24.99 in stock
5 used from $16.50
- Meet Echo Dot - Our most compact smart speaker that fits perfectly into small spaces.
- Improved speaker quality - Better speaker quality than Echo Dot Gen 2 for richer and louder sound. Pair with a second Echo Dot for stereo sound.
- Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others.
- Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, read the news, check the weather, set alarms, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
- Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices. Create routines to start and end your day.
ASUS Laptop L210 11.6” ultra thin, Intel Celeron N4020 Processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC storage, Windows 10 Home in S mode with One Year of Office 365 Personal, L210MA-DB01
$143.00 in stock
16 used from $119.00
- Aspect Ratio:16:9
- Efficient Intel Celeron N4020 Processor (4M Cache, up to 2.8 GHz)
- 11.6” HD (1366 x 768) Slim Display
- 64GB eMMC Flash Storage and 4GB DDR4 RAM
- Windows 10 in S Mode with One Year of Microsoft 365 Personal
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14 Laptop, AMD Ryzen 5 5500U, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage, 14.0" FHD Display, AMD Radeon 7 Graphics, Windows 10 Home, Abyss Blue
$512.00 in stock
3 used from $410.00
- Powerhouse performance from AMD Ryzen 5 5500U mobile processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and AMD Radeon 7 Graphics
- The IdeaPad 3 14-inch laptop has 4-side narrow bezels that let you see more of the FHD (1920 x 1080) screen for wider viewing angles and less clutter
- Quieter and cooler with intelligent thermals, plus you can calibrate performance with Q-control, with 3 modes to match your performance needs
- WiFi 6 (2x2 802.11 ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, plus USB, USB-C, and HDMI ports